Known for its upfront hop heavy beers, such as their ever popular IPA, Lagunitas Brewing was founded in 1993 by Tony Magee in Lagunitas, Northern California. What began on a small scale, quickly grew. Lagunitas is now one of the biggest craft beer brewers in America with a second brewery in set up in Chicago and a third in development. The breweries have become tourist destinations in themselves with taproom, restaurant, music venue and gift shop. With Heineken recently taking on a 50% stake in the company it won’t be long before the Lagunitas brand is know the world over.
However the main reason for such exponential growth is simple: they make fantastic beer!
Unapologetically big and boldly flavoured, American beers like Lil Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale is what their reputation has been built on. Lil Sumpin’ began life as a seasonal brew in 2009 but due to such high demand is now made year round. Hopped like an IPA but brewed with 50% wheat malt and “every type of hops that starts with the letter C”. These are classic West coast American hops like Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Columbus and Chinook.
Fans of IPA will find a lot to love here but it is the balanced softness of the wheat that makes this such a gem. Hops are not overpowering with classic grapefruit, peach and citrus IPA notes softened with a smooth wheat finish yet somehow remaining crisp and clean.
This is the perfect beer for some post barbeque relaxation and works great with spicy meats, salsa dishes and fruit salads.
Lagunitas Lil Sumpin’ is on offer this month in our American Craft Beer Sale with 6 for the price of 5 across our full range of American craft beers. You can find the all the beers on offer here.